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Naata Nungurrayi

Marrapinti - 2003

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
91.5 x 153.0 cm
EST. $10,000 - $15,000

MP #316


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. NN0310121
Private Collection, Vic

Naata Nungurrayi was about 30 years of age when she brought with her family to Papunya after leaving behind her beloved desert homelands in the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. These places and the life she led there have provided the wellspring of her inspiration and the subject matter for her highly sought after paintings. After initially moving to Docker River with family members in the late 1970s she finally settled in the Kintore region in the early 1980s. She began creating paintings in a carefully composed geometric style for Papunya Tula Artists in 1996 and went on to develop a looser technique and more painterly organic style from the mid 1990s onward.  


This painting, in her tight grid style, depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti. The lines are sandhills surrounding the area. A large group of senior women camped at this rockhole making the nose-bones which are worn through a hole in the nose web. These nose-bones were originally worn by both men and women but are now only worn by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. The women later traveled east passing through Wala Wala, Kiwirrkura and Ngaminya.